Mar 03 2016
Getting healthy is hard, especially if you feel like you have a long journey to get there. But being unhealthy is just as hard.  If you’re constantly fatigued or stressed, it affects every single aspect of your life: your work, your relationships, your sleep, your happiness. It leads to feeling like you are an observer in your own life, instead of feeling like it is your own. Yet we still don’t always prioritize our health. Doesn’t make a lot of sense, does it?
Feb 09 2016
Since February is National Heart Month, we think it is a good time to discuss what you should know when visiting your cardiologist.
Say that at your last physical you were referred to a cardiologist. What happens next?
Visiting your cardiologist can be stressful, and a lot of the time we forget everything we want to know. Here are some tips to help you prepare.
Jan 24 2016
There are always going to be those who are uninterested in participating in a wellness program. This article isn’t about them. 

This is about the employees who are on the fence, or who don’t know what your wellness program has to offer. The ones, who want to improve their health but are unsure how, are nervous to begin, or who don’t know what their resources are. Those are the employees you need to target. And here is what’s standing in their way:

1.       Perceived invasion of privacy. 
  • Who is getting my information? Is my employer using information to make decisions on promotions or retention? Is my health coverage going to be affected negatively if I participate?
  • No one likes to think that personal information is going to be shared with co-workers or supervisors. With today’s world of social media, YouTube etc., most of us have learned to be always on-guard about what little true privacy we have left. 
2.       Fear of the Unknown
  • See above. Also, if I feel ok, is it better to go looking for something to be wrong with me?

3.   Fear of Failure

  • If I start this weight loss challenge in front of all my co-workers, and don’t succeed, will they think that I’m lazy or incompetent?
  •  It’s a lot less scary to never try than it is to try to change and fail. 
4.       Family support
  • In many cases, either the family is resistant to change (My wife does all of the cooking so I have no control over it, or my husband doesn’t want to eat “diet food”.)  Does your wellness program offer services to family members as well? This may empower family to make positive changes. It’s no secret that if everyone in the family is trying to make healthy changes, things go a lot more smoothly.
5.       Lack of Understanding or Communication
  • Probably the single biggest barrier to participation. Some of your employees probably don’t even know that you offer a wellness program. Of those that do, I’d be willing to put money on the fact that many don’t understand the ins and outs of it.

Partnering with a wellness team that understands these barriers and the stages of change is critical to the success of the employee and of the program as a whole.  It’s better to work with a provider that can help reach these employees who are ready or close to ready for change than it is to mandate a program for everyone.

Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about TRS|Wellness and our approach to helping your program and employees succeed.
Oct 06 2015
Tracking an employee’s engagement with a wellness program is typically broken into two main categories: participatory requirements and outcomes-based requirements. Often, to include everyone, you need to have aspects of both. So let’s break them down a little.
Sep 26 2015
One of the questions that often comes up early in the process of implementing a wellness program is whether or not to contract with an outside vendor. But it is difficult to be able to foresee the obstacles of choosing to run everything “in-house” because the wellness team is typically led by health enthusiasts but not by healthcare providers or wellness experts. This alone is one of the biggest reasons wellness programs fail.
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